Basketry and Festival among the Dong (Kam) People

Jason Baird Jackson (Indiana University)

While fundamental to the practical concerns of everyday life, bamboo baskets also play important roles within festivals staged by the Dong (Kam) people of Southwest China. Drawing upon fieldwork in Sanjiang Dong Autonomous County in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and in adjacent Liping County, Guizhou Province, the paper presentation will evoke and contextualize some of the ways that bamboo baskets are bought and sold, used and put on display within festivals held in this mountainous corner of China and the Southeast Asian Massif.

Part of 01-07 Minority Peoples, Expressive Culture, and Heritage in—and from—the Southeast Asian Massif, Part 1, Thursday, November 02, 8:30 am–10:00 am